Officials have been accused of trying to mislead district board members over a promise they would have a greater say in decision-making after the move to kill off the two municipal councils. Members reacted with disappointment to reports that the Executive Council had decided to allocate to district board members only one of the two Legislative Council seats left vacant after the demise of the two councils. The other will go to a functional constituency, tipped to be the catering industry. Shamshuipo provisional district board chairman Tam Kwok-kiu said he had felt cheated. 'People always thought the Government was going to reward the district boards when it scrapped the municipal councils. The facts tell the truth. It isn't,' he said. 'Its commitment to upgrade our status has vanished. Its promise to give us more administrative power has also not been kept.' Tung Chee-hwa's second policy address stated the district boards' functions would remain, although extra funding would be found. Mr Tam said the status of the district boards would be undermined if they were given only one Legco seat instead of two. 'I can't see why the Government is cutting the cake in this way. The municipal councils are made up of district representatives. So are we. The two seats ought to be replaced by the district boards,' said Mr Tam, of the Association of Democracy and People's Livelihood. Central and Western Provisional District Board member Ip Kwok-him also cast doubt on the rationale for the Government's decision. It would be appropriate only if the seats left vacant were filled by bodies with representation in the districts. But Mr Ip, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said people might argue it would be unfair to give only 400 district board members two Legco seats. The DAB would contact the administration to learn more about the reasons behind the decision, he said. Kwai Tsing Provisional District Board chairman Sin Chung-kai, a Democrat, dubbed the seat as a consolation prize for district board members. He thought the fewer seats the district boards were given the better. 'There are now one quarter of the district board members who are appointed. It will not be a fair election as the Government can influence the outcome by the appointing system,' said Mr Sin, also a Democratic Party legislator. But Hong Kong Catering Industry Association convenor Tommy Cheung Yu-yan thought a seat should go to other new functional constituencies. 'District board is district board. If they want to sit on the legislature, there are a lot of channels other than the indirect election,' he said.